Douglas Funkhouser’s collection of hand painted Botanical Illustrations are inspired by the etchings of naturalists from the 17th century. With an organic composition and precise attention to detail, these watercolors find harmony and respect for nature within each painting. Limited edition giclée prints of this original Artwork are now available framed and ready to ship.
The flower Aristea Pusilla, though small and delicate in appearance, is a strong and wild force of nature that can be found growing among stony slopes in the grasslands of Southern Africa. It bears strong sword-like leaves and star-like blossoms which will only last for a single morning.
Dianella Tasmainica, more commonly known as the “White-Striped Tasman Flax Lily” is native to Tasmania. Named after the Roman goddess, Diana, Queen of the Woods, the plant has rich green leaves with bold white stripes.
The Sidalcea Malviflora flower, also known as the “Prairie Mallow” can be found along the westernmost parts of North America. Though often described as feminine and soft due to its appearance, the pink blossoms are universally known to represent time-withstanding love.
Holding its flower in the Lover’s grip, Nigella Damascena, the stark blue “Love-In-A-Mist” blossom, is named after the Syrian city of Damascus. Found across Northern Africa, Europe, and Asia it is a symbol for unrequited love. Though often associated with rejection, some cultures interpret the flower to represent great sacrifice such as the life of Saint Catherine the martyr of Alexandria.
Found in the Pacific Northwest, Pyrola Asariifolia or the “Pink Wintergreen” flower is a soothing plant known to grant healing and protection to those who come upon it.
As one of the first plants used with fine linen cloth and other fibers over a millennia ago, Linum Usitatissimum or “Flax”, is embedded in cultures around the world. Found primarily in the Mediterranean and Europe, this blue flower is a storyteller who speaks to the way humankind has adapted to their environments through creativity and hard work through the ages.
Goodenia Ramosifsima is an Australian shrub with small yellow blossoms. While not particularly spectacular in itself, this plant is life-force to many other native species in Australia such as butterflies, bees, and hoverflies.
Vinca Minor or the “Periwinkle” plant is a low-growing purple flower found in Madagascar. It is often a symbol for new beginnings in life because it is known to bind and entwine people to each other.